Wheeler School Golf Star Allison Paik Commits to Columbia
Wheeler School golf star Allison Paik has committed to play golf at Columbia, the school announced on Monday.
Paik will be joined by IMG Academy’s Anne Walsh as part of the 2020 class.
“We are very proud of our 2020 class. I have watched and waited, with patience (and excitement!), for Anne and Allison to join our team and our university community. These young women understand the commitment and the dedication it takes to excel at Columbia—whether on the course or in the classroom,” said head coach Amy Weeks.
The incoming duo will join five returning letterwinners including rising senior Katie Lee, returning juniors Alexis Florio, Marlene Tartaro, and Jennifer Wang, along with sophomores Christine Shao and Annie Sun.
A 2020 graduate of The Wheeler School in Providence, where she lettered four years on the varsity golf team for Head Coach Shane Drury and swing coach Bill McInerney.
Her senior high school season was cut short due to COVID-19.
Paik is a three-time qualifier for the Girls Junior PGA National Championship (2017, 2019 and 2020) and qualified for the 2018 United States Women’s Amateur Four-Ball Championship, as well as, the 2015 United States Girls’ Junior Championship.
Paik earned 10 top-10 finishes in American Junior Golf Association national tournaments from 2016-19 and competed in the 2017 and 2018 Trusted Choice Big I National Championships.
She recorded 13 tournament wins and 16 top-5 finishes from 2016-19, including the 2019 New England Junior Amateur Invitational, New England PGA Bay State Cup Invitational (2018 and 2019), U.S. Challenge Cup Tour Match Play Championship (2018 and 2019), Future Collegians World Tour New England Classic (2016, 2017, 2018), U.S. Challenge Cup Tour Gately Cup (2016 and 2017), U.S. Challenge Cup Tour World Series of Junior Golf (2016) and Rhode Island State Junior Amateur Champion (2016).
Paik was named Rhode Island Golf Association Junior Girls’ Player of the Year after her junior season in 2019, two-time First Team All-State selection by the Rhode Island Interscholastic League (2018 and 2019) and won back-to-back Rhode Island Interscholastic League state individual titles as a sophomore and junior (2018 and 2019).
Paik led the Warriors to the Rhode Island Interscholastic League state team championship in 2019 and to the SENE Golf Championship in 2017.
She was named Warriors team captain in 2019-20 and played ice hockey from age six through high school. Played for the Massachusetts Spitfires Ice Hockey Club for USA Olympic Gold Medalist Movsessian-Lamoriello.
Paik was selected to compete for the USA Hockey development team program.